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New Hunting Opportunities Added
Many changes will be implemented in 2016. Link below for detailed information and how to apply.
Hunting on Wallkill River NWR
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.Events Calendar
Meet Our Friends
The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact: email@example.com
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
It’s mid November and while many trees have already lost their leaves, a lot of oaks are still holding on and while they may not be as brightly colored as the sugar maples, they still provide some very attractive scenes. A good place to enjoy this would be walking south from Owens Station to the Timberdoodle Trail. The forest bordering the eastern side of the refuge is dominated by oaks and many are still very colorful. Along the way you can see many of the late fall migrant birds passing through the Wallkill Valley. There are still many sparrows, raptors and some waterfowl to be seen.
Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).
The federally threatened bog turtle can be found in wetlands throughout the Wallkill River valley and the Papakating Creek Watershed. Endangered by habitat loss and poaching (the diminutive turtle is favored among illegal pet traders), this turtle is an important focus of the refuge’s conservation work. Due to their listed status, refuge public use areas are located away from sensitive bog turtle habitats.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 06, 2017